Program in Microbial Immunology
The Program in Microbial Immunology focuses special attention on developing research expertise in pandemic-relevant viral immunology while building on the University of Minnesota’s existing strengths in the field.
- Develop research expertise in pandemic-relevant microbial immunology while building on the University of Minnesota’s existing strengths in immunology
- Develop research programs that are able to quickly characterize immune responses to emerging pathogens, develop animal models of disease and perform mechanistic studies that define correlates of infection control and protection from reinfection. Contribute to vaccine development related research
Recent Development: Work to Improve COVID-19 Vaccines
In a collaborative effort across the Medical School’s Departments of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Center for Immunology, researchers demonstrated evidence to better inform vaccination efforts for the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.
Specifically, they demonstrated a rationale for including additional viral Ags in SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, which broadens effective immune response to emerging variants.
Image credit: https://doi.org/10.4049/jimmunol.2100421